Saturday, June 29, 2013

A photographer and an architect juxtapose their works

Amirtharaj Stephen is a self-taught photographer based in Bangalore. He believes that photographs have the ability to make people look at commonplace incidents in an empathetic manner and empower the masses to care for each other. A strong believer in the philosophy of non-violence and peace, his interests primarily lie in documenting humans and their relationship with nature.

He had been selected for and participated in various prestigious photography programs and projects including the renowned Angkor Photo Workshop, Stream Photo Asia Masterclass. He has also been a mentee under Lucie Foundation’s E-pprentice program. During these programs he worked with photographic greats including Antoine D'Agata, Eli Reed and Nikos Economopoulos. His works have been showcased by World Press Photo’s group exhibitions in Thailand (2012), Netherlands (2012) as well as Chobi Mela’s Asian Gallery of Fine Arts, Dhaka earlier this year.

His images have been published widely in various leading newspapers and magazines such as NBC News, Courrier International, France, Reuters, AFP, The Economist, The Baltimore Sun, Green Peace, Peace News Info, Telegraph India, The Hindu, Hindustan Times, Indian Express, DTE, Tehelka, NDTV, India Today and PTI.

On the other hand, Karun Kumbera is an architect and urbanist, also based in Bangalore. After completing his training as an architect and working in several ecologies across India, Kumbera moved to Paris where he studied, lived and worked for many years. He returned to India with the intention of building a bridge between Paris and Bangalore - his firm Karun Kumbera

Architects and Urbanists works in collaboration with Aétrangère in Paris, a design practice that is focused on finding appropriate systems for a sustainable future, and INterland, an office of urbanism based in Lyon. The works by the two talented creators along with those of Navin Thomas are on view as part of a group show, Trilingual, at Bangalore’s GALLERYSKE until 5 July, 2013.

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